helped establish the 4-H Horse program in Snohomish County and has been a staunch supporter of 4-H since 1957. She and her husband, Fred, formed the second 4-H Horse Club in Snohomish County in 1958. Ellen continued as Club Leader of the Caballeros for many years, and also served as County Fair Superintendent for several years.
Ellen and Fred were Superintendents of the first County 4-H Horse Exhibit, which was held in Marysville in 1958. The exhibit moved to the fairgrounds in 1959, with members showing in a small, make-shift arena with no barns available. Ellen was instrumental in organizing donations of lumber and volunteer labor to build the horse barns and an arena. September 0f 1960 was the first official Snohomish County 4-H Horse Exhibit at the Evergreen State Fair, with about 75 exhibitors. By 1962, there were a total of 138 exhibitors.
Throughout the years, Ellen has been a 4-H Judge all across the state, given numerous farm tours, provided clinics in many counties, been the official Judge at many 4-H Judging Clinics and Contests and, for 20 years, she has bee an instructor at the Annual Snohomish County 4-H Horse Training School. She has a wonderful, positive way with youth that encourages and teaches at the same time.
Ellen and her husband very successfully raised, trained and showed Arabian horses. After Fred’s death, Ellen continued to train and give riding lessons. Her 4-H students, past and present, number in the hundreds. She gives youth a solid introduction to horse care and basic horsemanship combined with a sincere love of both horses and children.